This is a hardboiled crime novel, and a true story. In 1944, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, then still unknown writers, were both arrested following a murder: one of their friends had stabbed another and then come to them for advice - neither had told the police.
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks:Grove Press William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks:The Inspiration for Kill Your Darlings Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs
More than 60 years ago, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, two novice writers at the dawn of their careers, sat down to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed. Alternating chapters, they pieced together a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and obsession, art and violence. The manuscript, named after a line from a news story about a fire at a circus, was rejected by publishers and confined to a filing cabinet for decades. Now, for the first time, this legendary collaboration between two of the 20th century´s most influential writers is being released. Both a fascinating piece of American literary history and an engrossing, atmospheric novel, it brings to life a shocking murder at the dawn of the Beat Generation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/002848/bk_blak_002848_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.